Week 13: Melbourne, Australia Part 2

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This is a continuation of the story about landing in Melbourne, Australia, and I will cover our afternoon the first day and my visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Australia Species 116. New Lifers from Australia 100.

Northern Australia birding

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By the time we had reached Wyndham in the north of Western Australia we had encountered Gouldian Finches , but it was not until we were at a small billabong between Wyndham and Kununurra that I was able to photograph them. Birding Australia Australian birds

Grey-headed Lapwing in Australia

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Our plan was to head north for a few days and observe the concentrated bird-life around the remaining ephemeral lakes and observe some of the birds that had arrived in the north of Australia over the past few weeks. Birding Australia Grey-headed Lapwing Halls Creek Rarity

Sarus Cranes in Australia

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On our recent trip across the north of Australia we were lucky enough to encounter several Sarus Cranes- Grus antigone , which are incredibly tall and elegant birds. Birding Australia Sarus Cranes

Week Fourteen: The Center of Australia, and Sydney Part #1

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This week finds us flying from Melbourne, Australia, to Alice Springs, in the center of this incredibly large country. This is truly the center if Australia, no matter what method you use to decided the actual location of dead center.

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Birding across the north of Australia in July

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In Australia it is winter in July, but the weather is as perfect as you could hope for in the north of the country with daytime temperatures around 30c/86f and the night-time temperatures being around 20c/68f and rarely a cloud in the sky. Birding Australia

Midsummer in northern Australia

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Throw in the completely different climate we are experiencing in northern Australia and we seem to be absolutely worlds apart… but are we?! Asides Australia BroomeEach week as I schedule my post it brings my attention to the huge time difference between Broome and New York.

Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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Australia is a vast country with a very small human population, which mostly clings to the edge of the continent. Even the first explorers to Australia documented there was a risk of extinction of birds and animals into the future and subsequently decided to collect as many specimens as possible! Handbook to The Birds of Australia, 1865. It is rather sobering to read the list of extinct, threatened and near threatened birds in Australia and realise just how many there are.

A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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Of course there has been a good reason for this, especially when we discovered the first Temminck’s Stint to ever be observed in Australia! It is a lot less common to observe shorebirds from other areas in the flyway, but as the shorebirds return from the north we do observe shorebirds marked in Victoria and South Australia when they drop by to rest before crossing Australia to their original banding site. Birding Australia Broome Little Tern

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Spinifex Pigeons in Western Australia

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In Western Australia we have two races of the Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera , but neither are found in Broome. Birding Australia Karratha pigeons TripsOne race lives to the north- Geophaps plumifera plumifera and the other race lives to the south- Geophaps plumifera ferrugines.

Invasive species in Australia

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In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such a huge land mass with such a small population. The population of Australia is concentrated mainly around the city areas along the coast and many invasive species have been able to spread with ease. European Red Foxes were brought into Australia in the 1850′s for recreational hunting and soon spread rapidly.

Proposal for the National Bird of Australia

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The irredeemably awful and generally terrible government of Tony Abbott is flailing around and one by-election away from open war on itself, and perhaps could use a distraction to take Australia’s minds off its stances on Syrian refugees, gay marriage and war on clean energy. It turns out that Australia has no official national bird (but we do have an official gemstone), and this is exactly the type of issue that can unite the fractured nation.

Grey Butcherbirds ??? Australia???s Shrikes

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Latham first described Grey Butcherbirds in 1801, like most people of the age he assumed Australia’s birds should be seen in the context of Old World birds and placed them with the birds he thought they most closely resembled, the shrikes of the genus Lanius.I’m Butcherbirds, like their relatives, are popular birds in Australia, their marcarbe feeding habits notwithstanding. When J.

Feral Cats In Australia

Green Living Tips

and with an estimated 15 million feral cats in Australia, billions of native. How many small creatures can a single feral cat eat in a day? A lot it turns out. - creatures are probably being devoured each year

Dam Boarding in Australia

Wend Magazine

Click here to view the embedded video. As illegal, stupid or dangerous as this may be, what we’re deeming ‘dam boarding’ looks like a lot of fun. Via: Paul Fisher on Vimeo ] Related posts: What Motivates Someone (Like Dean Potter) to Highline Without a Harness. The Image of Surfing–Fiberglass and Megapixels. Andy Immler Makes History With World Record Descent by Dingy

"Australia’s PM Takes on Carbon Tax"

Environmental Economics

A nameless RFF staff member: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot revealed a draft bill last week that would repeal the country’s controversial carbon tax.

Big, Bold & Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas

Nature Conservancy - Science

Australia has one the largest systems of marine protected areas in the world, from the coral-covered Great Barrier Reef to the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Director of Conservation, TNC Australia. Q: So tell about the history of marine protected areas, or MPAs, in Australia?

Australia Animal Dance Party!

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From a groundbreaking conservation partnership in Fish River Station , to protecting Australia’s biggest land reserve in Southern Tanami , The Nature Conservancy has been hard at work protecting Australia’s beautiful lands.

A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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There it stood on top of a rock as if it was waiting for us to come along and admire it and tell the world that it had come to Australia during its non-breeding cycle of the year! Birding Australia Broome shorebird banding Terek SandpiperI had only just written about the observation of a Little Tern flagged in Taiwan last week when another flagged bird from overseas placed itself in our path!

Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert

Nature Conservancy - Science

Waterholes are scattered through Australia’s Western Desert like islands in a sea of sand. These dromedaries are just three of more than 300,000 feral camels in arid Australia — the largest population of feral camels in the world.

Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. I loved your post, I have to visit Australia someday.

Australia Scientists Print Cheap Solar Panels Onto Flexible Plastic

Green (Living) Review

Australian solar power scientists have developed a cheap and fast way to print solar cells onto plastic — plastic that can be used to cover an iPad or tint the windows covering a skyscraper.

TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders now in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Caribbean

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| Green Travel News | Two years after the initial launch of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, it’s now gone under into Australia and New Zealand, reports Green Lodging News. Argentina Auckland Australia Belize Brazil Canada Caribbean Central America Chile Costa Rica Ecuador Green Travel News Guatemala Mexico New Zealand North America Peru South America The Americas Uruguay Venezuela TripAdvisor GreenLeaders world's largest green hotel program

A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Western Australia Edition

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In July, I joined Nature Conservancy scientist Eddie Game , University of Queensland student Chris O’Bryan, and several Martu elders for a science-packed adventure in the depths of the Western Australia’s deserts. Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert.

Australia lays of leading climate change scientists

Green Prophet

What kind of signal does this send to the world when Australia basically lays off 275 climate change researchers, one of whom was John Church, considered to be a top 10 scientist in the field. It is sad and embarrassing for the Australia Government.”

RFF: Carbon tax impact in Australia

Environmental Economics

Check this out, mate: New data released last week by the Australian government show that electricity emissions have dropped 7.6 percent since the introduction of a carbon tax in July 2012. Experts suggest that a greater emissions impact could be achieved if businesses believed that carbon pricing “was here to stay” and current carbon prices were increased.

Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia

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Millions of baby spiders appear to be raining from the sky in Australia. The tiny spiders from the sky have been falling in the country’s Read More The post Spiders Falling From the Sky In Australia appeared first on Ecorazzi. It’s an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare.

Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach. The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Asides Australia

Australia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Plant

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With production up to 10 megawatts, the new Greenough River Solar Farm will be the biggest operating solar plant in Australia. A seawater desalination plant in Western Australia that is currently being expanded. Government / Industry australia desalination plant solar power australiaWhat will all that energy be used for?

Desypher crushes stereotypes with exquisite Islamic Museum of Australia

Green Prophet

But it’s not hyperbole to say that Desypher’s architectural expression vis-à-vis the Islamic Museum of Australia is unparalleled in any contemporary Islamic architecture I’ve come across. Design Australia Desypher Islamic Architecture Islamic Museum Melbourne

From My Inbox- GreenPeace Australia Pacific

Green Earth Journey

Canned tuna is Australia’s biggest selling seafood item. Thank you so much, Genevieve Quirk Oceans Campaigner Greenpeace Australia Pacific PS. End of the Line will be in cinemas around Australia from May 10.

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Spontaneous Yogi in Australia ~ Masha Gorodilova {Video}

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Yoga australia outdoors Our crew decided to choose our favourite locations and film a standing sequence there. From Apollo Bay to Portsea we travelled and spontaneously we found spots to land and do yoga on. We climbed fences and filmed in the rain to inspire, connect and share.

Why Australia’s Bike Helmet Laws Kill People

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We’re going to take a look at why Western Australia’s seen an approximate 30% increase in cyclists admitted to the hospital since implementing mandatory helmet laws. So according to this statistical data , the number of cyclists in Western Australia skyrocketed in the 80’s.

Australia Revokes Visas, Says No to Violence Against Women.

Elephant Journal

Chris Brown, in response to the demand for reasons why he should be allowed entry into Australia, has come back with some interesting points, which he posted on Twitter.

Iran’s Solar Car Competes in Australia

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Iran’s solar-powered Gazelle 2, hopes to place well in trans Australia trials. Cars & Transportation Australia electric car electric cars EVs Iran Solar Energy solar power

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RSPCA Australia On How To Kill “Humanely”

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We live in a society where the dominant paradigm is animal welfarism. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the groups that supposedly exist for the animals are actually the groups that exist to help exploit animals. After all, when the conventional wisdom dictates that it’s okay to kill animals so long as they are treated “humanely,” it would make no sense for these businesses to contradict that if they wish to remain financially stable.

Australia Plans To Kill 2 Million Stray Cats By 2020

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Claiming that feral cats are the “single biggest Read More The post Australia Plans To Kill 2 Million Stray Cats By 2020 appeared first on Ecorazzi. Well, this is awful. The Australian Government announced on July 16 that they plan on killing off their feral cats by 2020.

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Australia has Ousted its Prime Minister & Why it Matters to Americans.

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Europe Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Featured Events Green Travel WAYLON: Today Only Abbott australia Australian Prime Minister Liberla Party Malcolm Turnbull Non-confidence vote Australia politics Tony AbbottI feel that the ability of parliamentary governments to oust leaders with non-confidence votes helps hold these leaders accountable the the people of the nations they are serving.

Can Helicopter-deployed Toad Sausages Save Australia’s Northern Quoll?

Nature Conservancy - Science

About the size of a large kitten, these spotted, carnivorous marsupials are one of four quoll species found throughout Australia. Where Camels & Kangaroos Roam: A Dispatch from Australia’s Martu Country.

Australia Seeks Japanese Whaling Ban at The Hague

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Public hearings begin at the International Court of Justice as Australia takes on Japan''s ''research'' whale hunt. Read More The post Australia Seeks Japanese Whaling Ban at The Hague appeared first on Ecorazzi.